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Best Seattle Summer Parades

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Everyone loves a parade! That must be why there are so many along the streets of Puget Sound this summer! Find a spot, wave a flag and cheer! Here are some of our favorites.

West Seattle Grand Parade Sponsored by the American Legion Post 160
Saturday, July 21
11:00am – 2:00pm
California Ave between SW Admiral Way & SW Edmunds St
Seattle, WA 98116
http://www.thewestseattleparade.com

This is the oldest continuously held parade in Seattle, celebrating the West Seattle community and Puget Sound. A Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, it’s been a favorite of young and old alike for 80 years.

Lakefair Grand Parade
Saturday, July 21
5:00pm
Olympia, WA 98501
http://www.lakefair.org

The Lakefair Grand Parade is part of the annual Lakefair Festival. The parade starts on Capitol Way at 20th Ave and ends on 5th Ave at Simmons St. in Olympia.

Des Moines Waterland Parade
Saturday, July 21
5:30pm
Downtown Des Moines
Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198
http://www.seafair.com

The annual Waterland Parade is back with full force and is Seafair Sanctioned. The route travels through the heart of Des Moines. Before the parade, you have the opportunity to view some classic cars and boats at the 6th Annual Des Moines Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show.

ChinaTown Seafair Parade
Sunday, July 22
7:00pm – 9:00pm
S King St from 10th Ave S to 5th Ave S,
S Weller St from 5th Ave S to 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98114
http://www.seattlechinesechamber.org

The Seafair Sanctioned parade will feature colorful and traditional Asian community parade with over 60 units of drill teams, lion dancers, bands, floats, and a 100 foot dragon. There are numerous restaurants that line the parade route offering tasty Asian cuisine for families before or after the parade.

Greenwood Seafair Parade
Wednesday, July 25
6:00pm
Greenwood Ave from N 95th Street to N 85th Street, then west on 85th to 6th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.phinneycenter.org

A Greenwood summertime tradition, the annual parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. Thousands of people line the route to watch the over 90 entrants that include bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade
Saturday, July 28
7:30pm
Downtown Seattle
4th Avenue
http://www.seafair.com

This magnificent parade will include giant helium balloons, precision drill teams representing local communities, equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates and heart-pounding bands playing all your favorite tunes. This year the parade is themed after the Next 50 World’s Fair anniversary! For one enchanted evening, the city comes together in the heart of downtown to celebrate a variety of entertainment that makes the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade a truly special evening. Ticket Pricing: 4th Avenue Bleachers/$20; Westlake Bleachers/$30; Start Line Bleachers/$30; VIP Grandstand/$40; Westlake Promenade Seats/$50. Purchase tickets online.

Magnolia Seafair Parade
Saturday, August 4
10:30am
W Raye & W Barrett on 34th W
Seattle, WA 98199
http://www.magnoliasummerfest.org

March in the parade, be a part of the fun! The Magnolia Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade are part of Magnolia Summerfest!

Lake City Pioneer Days Parade
Saturday, August 4
7:00pm
From 135th South to 123rd on Lake City Way
Seattle, WA 98125
http://www.lakecityfestival.com

Save your space along the route! The opening ceremony will be held in front of the judge’s stand at 127th & Lake City Way. It starts with a US Army Color Guardand the singing of the National Anthem.

Milton Days
Saturday, August 18
11:00am
Milton Way and Oak Street
Milton, WA 98354
http://www.cityofmilton.net

A fun filled parade, followed by events, and entertainment for the community, Milton Days is a day to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments!

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade
Saturday, August 18
11:00am
Rainier Avenue S between S Alaska and S Brandon Streets
Seattle, WA 98118
http://www.seattle.gov

This free event opens the city’s largest public space – its streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for cars! Summer Streets is partnering with the Rainier Chamber of Commerce and the 20th Annual Rainier Valley Heritage Parade for some good old fashioned fun.

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